Tag Archives: African-American

The Revolution Continues: Alligator Woods Now

In naming this blog Alligator Woods way back in 2009 I sought to uplift and share the revolutionary spirit that was alive in the enslaved men and women who declared liberty or death that fateful night in August 1791 in … Continue reading

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2019

2019 will long be remembered by many of us, not only for the great voices that we’ve lost just this month, but also because it is a year of significant historical anniversaries and commemorations. Two that immediately come to mind are: … Continue reading

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Repost: How African-American Chefs Are Revitalizing the Baltimore Food Scene

The city of Baltimore has been through a lot—it has received a reputation for violent crime over the past few decades, and has been the center of a battle against police brutality since the death of Freddie Gray in 2015. But amidst … Continue reading

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Review of The Green Book: Guide to Freedom: The Essential Travel Guide for a Segregated America

A few weeks ago I momentarily considered laying my hard-earned cash down to see Green Book in the theatres. Fortunately for me, I thought to check out reviews of the film ahead of time. The ones I paid attention to were … Continue reading

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Review of The Chicken Chronicles by Alice Walker

The Chicken Chronicles by Alice Walker, 208pp. The New Press, 2012, $13.56 paperback Alice Walker’s The Chicken Chronicles’ full title is The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting with the Angels who have returned with My Memories: Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, … Continue reading

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Review of The Coming by Daniel Black

The Coming: A Novel by Daniel Black, 210 pp.St. Martin’s Press, 2015, $11.94 paperback Daniel Black’s The Coming: A Novel is less a novel as we normally think of it, as a fictional piece of literature, than a sustained meditation on … Continue reading

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Review of Dwayne Alexander Smith’s Forty Acres: A Thriller

Forty Acres: A Thriller by Dwayne Alexander Smith, 384 pp. Atria Books, 2015, $10.00 paperback Several years ago I fell in love with Rod Serling. Yes, the very same Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame. At the time I was … Continue reading

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Review of God Help the Child: A Novel

God Help the Child: A Novel by Toni Morrison, 192 pp. Alfred A. Knopf 2015. $16.58 hardcover   The ostensible protagonist of writer and critic Toni Morrison’s latest novel, God Help the Child, is Bride, a young woman who is described … Continue reading

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“Swing Both Ways, Do You?”: Octavia Butler’s Shori as Liminal Transgressor

*This little essay has seen numerous iterations over the past five years. While the final product is by no means perfect, my hope is that it honors some of the amazing and brave work that Octavia Butler undertook during her lifetime to … Continue reading

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African American Wisdom Summit

  Register for this FREE summit taking place during the month of February!! http://africanamericanwisdom.com The inaugural African American Wisdom Summit, organized by the Shift Network will take place throughout February in honor of Black History Month. In our times, issues of racial and … Continue reading

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